Last week fallen movie producer Harvey Weinstein was arrested and led into Manhattan Criminal Court to face criminal charges. It was 10 minutes of glory after years of disappointment.
Weinstein was charged with an alleged rape and a criminal sex act by two separate women though many others have come forward with heinous tales of his misbehaviour. He is already out on bail (after paying $1 million of his $10 million bond) and is rumoured to plead not guilty. But what we can confirm is that the image of Harvey Weinstein being marched into the courthouse – as a perp in handcuffs – will forever act as a symbol of hope for the women he took advantage of and be a moment in time where he completely lost his position of power.
Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein was arrested in New York City on May 25, on charges of rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct related to his interactions with two women. Weinstein, 66, turned himself in shortly before 7.30 a.m., local time. He was wearing a suit, appeared to be limping and was clutching several books. Friday's arrest came after a wave of sexual harassment allegations and investigations by @nytimes and @newyorkermag. Dozens of women have accused Weinstein of wrongdoing, including actress and activist Rose McGowan, who said Weinstein raped her in 1997, and Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra, who said he raped her in her New York apartment in 1992. The initial reporting triggered a barrage of accusations from scores more, including Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek, and led to his firing from The Weinstein Company’s board and a lawsuit by New York’s attorney general. Photograph by Kevin Hagen (@kevinarvid)—@gettyimages
As a man who clearly prided himself on using his influence to instill fear in countless women, I wish I had an idea of what was running through his mind, as he stood stoic and silent in that court house. I asked myself if it was the first time in a long time that he didn’t feel in control. Maybe he couldn’t remember the last time he felt this way. I hope that was the case and I hope that he was afraid. Just as afraid as he once made others feels for his own personal gain – because let’s be real, none of this was about bettering his professional organization.
Weinstein was forced to surrender his passport, wear a monitoring device and restrict his travel to New York and Connecticut, which doesn’t sound half bad, trust me I know. But you need to remind yourself that this was a man who was living life believing he could access and indulge in whatever and whoever he wanted. He will not be happy. The $1 million cash bail is likely pocket change for the seasoned producer, though it’s a sign of what’s to come. Bleeding pockets in lawyer fees, money losses from his company and what I believe is just the tipping point of accusations by women who finally feel empowered to speak up.
As we watch this chapter unfold, the public who stand behind these accusers and the accusers themselves may not get the outcome they were looking for. Weinstein’s lawyer is pushing for dismissal and house arrest in Arizona. It hardly seems fair. But by standing firm and putting this walking human feces on public display, they’ve already achieved what is likely to sting the most for Weinstein. The loss of control. Control of his time. Control of his narrative. Control of his network. From the embarrassment of his actions to his peers, to not being able to lurk in the shadows while doing his dirty work. Simply put, they have taken his power and put it on display. And he can no longer hide from the reality of his actions. And neither can anyone else.
Harvey Weinstein is in police custody on rape charges. The Hollywood mogul turned himself in this morning to be arrested by New York City detectives on charges that he raped 1 woman and forced another to perform oral sex on him. (Follow @jodikantor, who is in the courtroom, for updates.) Around 7:30 a.m., he walked glumly into a police station house in Lower Manhattan, flanked by several detectives. Toting 3 large books under his right arm, he looked up without saying a word as a crush of reporters and onlookers yelled, “Harvey!” With camera shutters clicking closed — and reporters shouting questions, the scene was a mirror image of the red carpets where #HarveyWeinstein presided for decades as a movie mogul and king of Hollywood. But after years of harnessing his wealth and his influence in the movie industry to enforce a code of silence around his predatory behavior, and after withstanding an investigation into groping allegations only three years ago, he faced the first criminal charges in a monthslong investigation into his conduct. @heislerphoto captured this scene this morning. Visit the link in our profile and follow @jodikantor to read more.
So is it satisfying? Yes to a degree. We will have to see how the rest plays out. But beyond seeking retribution, this moment means so much more going forward. This is a new chapter. The women involved in this case will be writing the narrative now on their own terms. They are in control. And for Harvey Weinstein, these 10 minutes are about to be the longest of his life.